Off-Grid Living

Happy New Year from Dogwood Hollow Homestead!

We are a few weeks into the new year and I am sure there are many people that have made their new year’s resolutions – and already broken them. As an off-grid homesteader, I like to tailor my new year’s resolutions to projects I need to get done at the Homestead. In our tool shed (built from recycled wooden pallets), there is a blackboard with a list of projects that I have had ongoing since a few years ago.

It seems I can hardly ever mark one of those projects off that list. On the right side of the board is the daily chores list; I guess I can be happy that at least that list is done each day. I guess you can say that each of my projects is a new year’s resolution.

And like most of you, most of those resolutions are carried over year after year. I have projects such as “build a root cellar” or “finish the new chicken house roof” listed on my new year’s resolution/project list.

One of the projects I want to really expand on in 2018 is to improve my medicinal herb garden. At Dogwood Hollow we grow medicinal herbs. I am an herbalist, so I am always adding to my collection of medicinal and culinary herbs. But for me and my family, growing our own medicine is a very big deal. In fact, I think I may move that project to the top of my list for 2018, and call that my main new year’s resolution.

What are some of your new year’s resolutions?

Drop me a line at and share them with me. I like to hear what others are trying to accomplish, too; sometimes sharing what your plans are with others helps you and that person keep going when the going gets tough, as new year’s resolutions can sometimes prove.

And as a jester of good will, I want to say to anyone out there who wishes to make their new year’s resolution “moving off-grid into the homesteading way of life,” you’re welcome to contact me via email.

I can share a list of online sites where you can secure off-grid land within minutes for as little as $598 (or less), with no credit checks. If, in some way, I can help make your new year’s resolution a success, I would be honored. It is part of my passion to help people traveling any path I have already traveled! Those of you who use Facebook and want to follow what Dogwood Hollow Homestead is doing in 2018, as well as learning what you can from us, please follow our page.

For those of you interested in my medicine, I just published my new book, “Herbal Remedies” – Spirit Walker. It’s available in print at

Texas County resident Merlyn Seeley (a.k.a. Spirit Walker) is a natural living expert, herbalist, Cherokee medicine man and author of numerous books. His blog address is


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